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Cobb, Tom – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Making Nation's text analysis software accessible via the World Wide Web has opened up an exploration of how his learning principles can best be realized in practice. This paper discusses 3 representative episodes in the ongoing exploration. The first concerns an examination of the assumptions behind modeling what texts look like to learners with…
Descriptors: Nouns, Word Lists, Computer Software, Internet
Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This study examined the extent to which glossaries may affect the percentage of known words (coverage) in television programs. The transcripts of 51 episodes of 2 television programs ("House" and "Grey's Anatomy") were analyzed using Range (Heatley, Nation, & Coxhead, 2002) to create glossaries consisting of the low-frequency (less frequent than…
Descriptors: Television Viewing, Glossaries, Second Language Learning, Television
Laufer, Batia; Ravenhorst-Kalovski, Geke C. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
We explore the relationship between second language (L2) learners' vocabulary size, lexical text coverage that their vocabulary provides and their reading comprehension. We also conceptualize "adequate reading comprehension" and look for the lexical threshold for such reading in terms of coverage and vocabulary size. Vocabulary size was…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Nouns, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning
Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Fluent reading is essential for successful comprehension. One dimension of reading fluency is reading rate, or reading speed. Because of the importance of reading fluency, fluency development activities should be incorporated into classroom practice. One activity that meets the fluency development conditions proposed by Nation (2007) is speed…
Descriptors: Speed Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Rate, Reading Instruction
Horst, Marlise – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Opportunities for incidental vocabulary acquisition were explored in a 121,000-word corpus of teacher talk addressed to advanced adult learners of English as a second language (ESL) in a communicatively-oriented conversation class. In contrast to previous studies that relied on short excerpts, the corpus contained all of the teacher speech the…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning
Meara, Paul M.; Alcoy, Juan Carlos Olmos – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This paper addresses the issue of how we might be able to assess productive vocabulary size in second language learners. It discusses some previous attempts to develop measures of this sort, and argues that a fresh approach is needed in order to overcome some persistent problems that dog research in this area. The paper argues that there might be…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Evaluation Methods, Second Language Learning, Measurement Techniques
Gardner, Dee – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Fourteen collections of children's reading materials were used to investigate the claim that collections of authentic texts with a common theme, or written by one author, afford readers with more repeated exposures to new words than unrelated materials. The collections, distinguished by relative thematic tightness, authorship (1 vs. 4 authors),…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Recycling, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development
Marianne – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
Ten high-school students of English as a second language (ESL) intensively studied the modified version of "The Cay" (retold by Strange, 1997). During their study the teacher asked questions designed to elicit students' comprehension and understanding of racism and prejudice as the main themes of "The Cay". Analysis of classroom discourse data…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, High School Students
Claridge, Gillian – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2005
This study examines the characteristics and quality of simplification in graded readers as compared to those of "normal" authentic English. Two passages from graded readers are compared with the original passages. The comparison uses a computer programme, RANGE (Nation and Heatley, 2003) to analyse the distribution of high and low frequency words…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Discourse Analysis, Bibliometrics, Computer Software
Hitosugi, Claire Ikumi; Day, Richard R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2004
This article discusses how we incorporated an extensive reading (ER) program into a second semester Japanese course at the University of Hawai'i using Japanese children's literature. After summarizing the ten principles of ER, we describe how we addressed six critical issues faced while introducing ER into the course. We also discuss the outcomes…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Childrens Literature, Academic Achievement, Japanese
Brantmeier, Cindy – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2004
Through a discussion of research that examines a plethora of variables involved in second language (L2) reading comprehension, the present study attempts to examine and analyze the statistical procedures utilized in studies of this nature. A review of recent research from the past five and a half years from four leading scientific journals of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Research, Models, Reading Comprehension
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Nation, Paul; Ming-Tzu, Karen Wang – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1999
Examines the potential for vocabulary learning using a corpus of 42 grade readers from one series of graded readers (seven at each of six levels in the series). It was found that in order to have 95% coverage of the running words at a level in the series, it was necessary to already know the vocabulary of the current level in the scheme.…
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Computer Software, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials
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